A Serendipity School

 Non-sectarian Program Open to All Children 
of the Community

Serving Temple City, San Gabriel, Arcadia, Pasadena, Rosemead,
and the San Gabriel Valley since 1973

9723 Garibaldi Avenue
(corner of Garibaldi and Golden West)
Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 285-9223
Lana Shifflet, Director

Licensed by State of California (#191502175)

Daily yoga and physical fitness activities
  • Located in a quiet neighborhood in Temple City
  • Ages 2 through 6
  • Breakfast, lunch, and a afternoon snack are provided     
  • Half-day and part-week enrollment options are available
  • Free annual vision, hearing, and dental screenings by trained professionals
  • Health and Fitness program including yoga implemented on a daily basis. (One of the important parts of our curriculum is that we teach children the importance of healthy eating and exercise.)
  • Potty training is available
A high-quality program promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children, based on modern scientific understanding of preschool-age child development

Daily Program

Open 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday year-round
(closed major holidays)

        7:00 - 8:00 Welcome to school - stories & learning centers 
        8:00 - 8:30 Outdoor activities - large motor skills, table toys
        8:30 - 9:00 Restroom / wash hands / Breakfast
        9:00 - 9:30 Outside activities - large motor skills, table toys
        9:30 - 11:00 Large group activities, art, music, stories, & learning centers
        11:00 - 11:30 Outside activities, large motor skills, table toys, group
                            games, outdoors centers
        11:30 - 12:00 Wash hands / Lunch
        12:00 - 12:30 Restroom / wash hands / story time
        12:30 - 2:30 Nap / rest time
        2:30 - 3:00 Restroom / put beds away, Yoga 
        3:00 - 3:15 Snack
        3:15 - 4:15 Outdoor activities - large motor skills, table toys, outdoor centers
        4:15 - 6:00 Clean-up / restroom / group time / stories & learning centers

    Breakfast, a hot lunch, and an afternoon snack are provided, following the California Food Program nutrition guidelines.  There is a nap/rest period of
2 hours in the early afternoons.  The daily class schedule is a mix of guided activities and unstructured play time.

    Parents are free to visit, drop off and pick up, their children at any time


Large outdoor play area for social and physical development
Learning by Doing

    Our education approach follows standard early childhood education practices.  Preschool children learn by hearing, seeing, doing, saying,
and playing.  When we say "Play is the Work of Children"... we mean that!
Young children instinctively play because that is how they learn at that age.
Our teachers guide the children through a variety of fun, educational, age-appropriate activities such as lesson-oriented art projects, classroom cooking projects, music, song and stories.
    Students are grouped into four classes.  Children will be promoted only after consulting with the parents and teachers so that all are comfortable that the child is ready for transition.

Playfactory curriculum includes a wide variety
of hands-on educational activities

Field Trips/In-house Speakers

    Temple City Sheriffs
Field trips are offered throughout the year. We also have an exciting annual visit to the Fire Department, with a fire safety talk by a firefighter, and a visit by a local sheriff. Other expeditions include visits to the nearby Temple City Library and to the post office.

Temple City Fire Department
Playfactory History and Philosophy

    Playfactory was started by the Temple City Christian Church in 1973 to answer the needs of the community, with the increasing number of single-parent families needing high quality but affordable day care and preschool education.  Partially supported by the church and located in the church complex, Playfactory is a non-sectarian program and welcomes children of all religions and creeds. Playfactory is a non-profit organization. Parents in need of tuition assistance should contact the Director for more information about programs which may be able to help.

    Our philosophy is that children need a warm, comfortable non-competitive place to learn about themselves, other people, and the world around them. Philosophy is important because it affects everything we do in school. We believe each child can develop to the fullest physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually in an atmosphere of love and trust.

    Our philosophy determines the goals we set up for the children and also the program we employ to carry out these goals. A very simple way to determine one's philosophy is to ask, "What kind of adult do I want each child to become?" We want our children to become competent, self-confident adults. To this end, we accept each child for the individual they are and to help them develop a good self-image as a contributing member of society.

Highly Trained Experienced Teachers

    Our teachers are trained in Early Childhood Education and follow the State Matrix for Continuing Education.  Most of our teachers are parents, also! 
Our teachers enjoy their profession, they relate well with children, and are skilled in providing the loving but firm guidance necessary for the child's development.  Our teachers are encouraged to attend annual child educators conferences and schooling to further their own professional development.
    We are licensed by the State of California. Teacher to student ratio is low allowing for individual attention.

Student to teacher ratio is low allowing individual attention

Visits are welcome!
Please contact the Director for tours or more information